Re: [CR]Gloria in excelsis!Ebay 360028667374

(Example: Framebuilding)

Date: Sat, 08 Mar 2008 08:29:04 -0500
From: "Edward Albert" <Edward.H.Albert@hofstra.edu>
To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>, <tesanders@comcast.net>
Subject: Re: [CR]Gloria in excelsis!Ebay 360028667374


I am lucky to own an earlier Gloria Garalbaldina Extra with mostly Gloria stamped parts. It always was for me (since I first saw one in 2004 at L'Eroica), the holy grail of Italian bikes and its price, although high for a frame, is really not so much. If you think of how many Herses and even Singers go for astronomical amounts and are, comparatively, relatively common (IMHO). What this bike went for is not so surprising. The one that just sold seems to me to be a bit later, probably post war if the pump pegs and internal shift lever cable is any indication but others may know better here. Also, in response to Tom's comment about the bike being unpainted, they were usually nickel plated. This one looks like the nickel has seen better days but at least is not badly pitted and thus could be quite easily re-plated if someone so desired. Although I would not touch her. Two others can be seen at the following sites. I am lucky to own an earlier Gloria Garalbaldina Extra with mostly Gloria stamped parts. It always was for me (since I first saw one in 2004 at L'Eroica), the holy grail of Italian bikes and its price, although high for a frame, is really not so much. If you think of how many Herses and even Singers go for astronomical amounts and are, comparatively, relatively common (IMHO). What this bike went for is not so surprising. The one that just sold seems to me to be a bit later, probably post war if the pump pegs and internal shift lever cable is any indication but others may know better here. Also, in response to Tom's comment about the bike being unpainted, they were usually nickel plated. This one looks like the nickel has seen better days but at least is not badly pitted and thus could be quite easily re-plated if someone so desired. Although I would not touch her. Others can be seen at the following sites.

http://www.wooljersey.com/gallery/Edward-Alberts-Pictures/album133/ and: http://www.theracingbicycle.com/images/Gloria_full.jpg

Edward Albert Chappaqua, NY, USA

Edward Albert, Ph.D. Prof. Emeritus, Sociology Hofstra University
>>> "Tom Sanders" <tesanders@comcast.net> 03/08/08 3:53 AM >>> All I can say is Wow! What a lot of cool features. I have to wonder about the paint, though. Why does it seem to be unpainted on so much of the bike? Are those hidden cable features common on these bikes?

Man, It is just my size, too! Not that I could have afforded it, but I never even saw it until it was brought up here.guess I'm getting slow.

Tom Sanders

Lansing, Mi USA